Although his “day job” is chief archivist at the celebrated Huhugam Ki Museum at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, author Steve Hoza has long been fascinated by the history of the German prisoner-of-war camp that sprawled at the base of the Papago Buttes. From 1944 through the end of the war, the encampment housed 31,000 P.O.W.s and was even the site of a “Great Escape”, when 24 of the prisoners tunneled out of the fenced camp — and most were promptly recaptured. Through dozens of photos and in the words of the P.O.W.s, the American soldiers who guarded them, and the Phoenix citizens who lived nearby, spend time within the razor-wired confines of what was one of Arizona’s largest prison camps.
Admission is $10, including an all-day Museum pass. (No discounts or Culture Passes will be honored.) FREE for members; advance reservations are required.